Mi­nor base­ball starts early May and reg­is­tra­tion is high

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Kyle Smylie

Base­ball’s pop­u­lar­ity has been on the rise in this country in re­cent years, no doubt due in some part to the Blue Jay’s play­off run last year, and the Drumheller Mi­nor Base­ball league has been grow­ing along with it.

Reg­is­tra­tion closed last week and over 120 play­ers have signed up to hit the di­a­monds come the first week of May.

“Over­all it’s a rel­a­tively in­ex­pen­sive sport and lets the kids get out­side and be ac­tive in the sum­mer” said league pres­i­dent Lyle Caw­iezel.

“The last reg­is­tra­tion night was more than ex­pected, with a lot of new T-ball and aged 4-6 play­ers which is good in al­low­ing us to build as they grow up.”

But as the league grows avail­able diamond space gets tighter. Caw­iezel said di­a­monds are booked solid al­most ev­ery night of the week, as the league also shares field time with Drumheller Girls Soft­ball As­so­ci­a­tion and the Drumheller Mixed Slow-pitch League.

“It would be good to look at the pos­si­bil­ity of where a cou­ple more di­a­monds could go,” said Caw­iezel.

“There are some that are not main­tained, such as the old St. An­thony’s grounds. They wouldn’t have to be full sized and could be smaller di­a­monds and used by the younger play­ers.”

Check for The Mail’s cov­er­age of mi­nor base­ball dur­ing the sea­son from May un­til the end of June.

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Reg­is­tra­tion for Drumheller Mi­nor Base­ball has closed and the league con­tin­ues to grow, with over 120 play­ers sign­ing up for the league, which be­gins in May and runs un­til late June.

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